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Dear Constant Writer,

Discussion in 'Full Dark, No Stars' started by Deanna Repose Oaks, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. Hello. I must apologize again. I am not the best at responding, it seems I can go years, months, weeks, days before I actually get around to my correspondence. Letters always seem so last on the to do list, and no matter how many times I put them at the top, more pressing matters always push them back to the bottom….

    I finished Full Dark, No Stars a few months ago.... Harsh doesn't do this collection justice. The stories went in under my skin and then weaseled their way into my head - to the point where I was scared for a few weeks. Putting my reaction into words, I believe I can sum it up this way: Truths within scare without prejudice.

    Outside of the fear, there were things that struck me. One thing that I found interesting is that
    Willy's wife went in the well ("1922"), as did Dolores's husband (Dolores Claiborne). Burying the alcoholic in a well, no matter how many times, always hits me in my core.
    The other thing that I noticed is that dates of both my anniversary and my birthday (not the years, but the months/days) were mentioned - I am not sure which stories, and I am too scared to go back through and find them. But by the time I got to "A Good Marriage" those dates haunted me too much, but worth it because my marriage is stronger today.

    And as I sit here, with eyes blinded by the light, I realize I may never recover from the dark. Please warn me next time, so I can bring me a flashlight. I don't know if I could survive another trip down there without it.


    Constant Reader
    Deanna Repose Oaks
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  2. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    Hi Deanna, I found 'FDNS' quite tough going for a couple of reasons too. Steve is very good at getting right in there to the core of it all and digging until he hits the pain well-spring. He often gives us a ladder back out, but sometimes he just writes like real life happens... no stars, no shining light. He does know people.

    Good to have you back with us. :)
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  3. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    I loved the book. Real meaty tales. Perhaps I am in the minority but the first tale within was my least favourite.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...Full Dark was the truth!....
  5. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    So Dark but yet couldn't stop reading till I finished it.
  6. Two Flutes

    Two Flutes Member

    'Full Dark, No Stars'
    The title of this collection is genius. I dont know if Mr King comes up with the titles for these collections but I imagine he does
  7. scheuerle

    scheuerle Member

    'Full Dark' as a descriptive term occurs in almost all SK's books. Never indulgently I feel, more as a little Easter egg for the constant readers.
    This book however takes you to the darkest dark and leaves you there screaming. Brilliant stuff.
  8. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Welcome to the newest version of SKMB @scheuerle - cool avatar!
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  9. scheuerle

    scheuerle Member

    Thanks Neesy!
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